Mayella is the oldest child of Bob Ewell and a unnamed mother. The town speculates she's the one who keeps the flowers growing around the shack the Ewells live in. Later on in the story, involving the trial, Tom Robinson testified he had helped her with small chores at her request. The last time he did, she reached up to kiss Tom without his consent. Unfortunately, her father witnessed this through the window. Bob called In the sheriff and Tom was accused of raping and beating Mayella. The sheriff testified at Tom's trial that when he arrived at the Ewell's shack, Mayella showed signs of having been beaten. Despite all of the signs showing that the father, Bob Ewell, beaten Mayella, Tom Robinson is still found guilty. Mayella had lied to hide the fact that she kissed Tom. We also see that she despises being called upon respectably (When Atticus addresses her as 'Miss' or 'Ma'am') because it's not what she is used to and thinks she's being made a mockery of. After the trial, the citizens of Maycomb think less of Mayella for her cruel acts towards Tom Robinson. Maycomb citizens once held sympathy for her being all alone and dealing with her father, but their feelings change because she 'tempted a black person'.